Newly-ish signed to Spinefarm Records, North London trio Puppy are within spitting distance of releasing their debut. It’s been a long time coming.
Hey Jock, how’s it going?
Pretty good thanks, just hanging out.
It sounds like you guys have an exciting 2018 ahead – how’s the album coming?
It’s coming along nicely. It’s all written, and we’re about halfway done with recording it now. I’m really excited for people to hear it.
What’s your favourite thing about the record so far?
I think in terms of the songs it’s the best stuff we’ve done yet. Every time we’ve started a writing or recording process, it’s always quite scary looking at a blank page and hoping you can pull something out the bag, but I think we’re all really into what we’ve managed to put together.
Does it sound like you thought your debut would?
I don’t think we had any expectations to be honest, apart from wanting to push ourselves in new directions and keep growing and getting better as a band. In that sense then yes, I feel you really get that from the material we have.
How are you finding your time in the studio? Do you have any fun anecdotes yet?
We’re only half done, so maybe we’ll wait and stockpile all the anecdotes until after we’re finished. It’s been really great so far though, everyone’s been doing such a great job in terms of playing, and it’s been fun having something to work on together.
Congrats for joining Spinefarm earlier this year – how’re you getting on there? Did you do anything to celebrate the signing?
Thanks! Yeah, they’re a great bunch of people. It’s going really well – they’re super supportive of us doing what we want creatively both in terms of the music and with the videos and artwork etc. We couldn’t be happier with the setup.
Where will you guys be over Christmas? Are you taking sometime off?
We’re heading back into the studio in January to finish the album, so December is gonna be us locked in a practice room just trying to nail all the new songs down before we do. Exciting times!
Are you going to buy Christmas presents for your bandmates?
No, but I’m planning on hiding at least one lump of coal in their instrument cases sometimes between now and then.
Aside from your own, which album are you most looking forward to being released next year?
I’m really crap at knowing what’s coming out and when, so I’m not really aware of anything coming up that I’m excited about. Hopefully something will come along that I’ll enjoy and it’ll be a nice surprise.
Who would you like to see headlining festivals next year?
Taken from the December 2017 / January 2018 issue of Upset, order your copy below.